GTT Is Designing Membrane LNG Tanks for Nine Vessels
The Marseille, France-based CMA CGM Group said yesterday that nine new container ships to be built in China will be powered by liquefied natural gas.
Paris-headquartered GTT/Gaztransport & Technigaz said this morning that it will design Mark III membrane-type LNG tanks for the new vessels. They will have capacity for 18,600 cubic meters of LNG per ship – more than 4.9 million gallons.
GTT notes that it was selected by CMA CGM and Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding for the design of cryogenic tanks for nine LNG container ships. “Of these nine units, the membrane tanks will be built by Hudong-Zhonghua, who will also be in charge of building five vessels,” GTT says.
Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding is to build the other four.
“The deliveries of the nine vessels will take place between the end of 2019 and the end of 2020,” GTT says.
Citing “world innovation,” CMA CGM said yesterday that it’s “the first shipping company to choose liquefied natural gas for its biggest ships.”
“These containerships will be LNG-powered,” the company said, as “a few percent of marine gas oil will only be used for the ignition in the combustion chamber.”
Announcement at COP23
“We have made the bold decision to equip our future 22,000-TEUs vessels with a technology firmly focused on the protection of the environment,” CMA CGM Group CEO Rodolphe Saadé said in the company’s release at the United Nations’ COP23 Climate Change Conference in Bonn.
“By choosing LNG,” Saadé said in Germany, “CMA CGM confirms its ambition to be a leading force in the industry in environmental protection by being a pioneer in innovative and eco-responsible technologies.”
The membrane insulation system Mark III developed by GTT was chosen for its space optimization allowing a maximum usage of cargo capacity, GTT says.
“This order is a game-changer,” GTT chairman and CEO Philippe Berterottière said in his company’s release.
“It marks the adoption of clean fuels by the container ships’ industry,” he said: a “revolution.”
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